Monday, May 27, 2013
Don't Bite the Bridesmaid -- Tiffany Allee
I used to read Paranormal Romance all the time, but then it seemed like they were all the same and omg, they were ALL ABOUT VAMPIRES. All of them. So I stepped away, only reading one from time to time when I needed a break from my usual genres.
And to be perfectly honest, this was why I picked up Don't Bite the Bridesmaid last week. Because I felt like I needed a palate cleanser from all the YA and New Adult I had been reading.
What a surprise! It was refreshing to read a PNR that was funny and sweet and light and all kinds of romantical and has all the key elements (ahem) of why we read romance books to begin with. But it wasn't over the top with the stereotypical all knowing vampire and doormat heroine (cough Bella Swan cough).
Neighbors for years but barely even acquaintances, Alice and Noah's lives collide when desperate circumstances require that they spend a week together on a cruise ship. The situation isn't ideal for either of them, but there's that whole saying about life and lemons and lemonade.
Alice is easy to like -- sure she has her flaws, but who doesn't. Especially when they've been burned before. And her family cracked me up.
Noah is a bit broody, but I would be too if I being forced into an arranged marriage. Yet he manages to set it aside to help Alice out when she needs him. And he doesn't sparkle!
As the week progresses and walls come down, acquaintances become friends become more. Knowing the cruise is a week long allows the pacing of their relationship to seem realistic and the ending will leave you with a smile on your face -- complete enough to read as a stand alone, but with enough openings to allow for potential future books.
Tiffany Allee has written a story that entertained me from beginning to end. I would recommend this one to anybody looking to add to their summer reading list -- and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she writes more about this cast of characters.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*